By Tyra M. Whittaker
Human Resources Manager, Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC

The health and wellness of our employees has always been a priority at Butler Snow. As a multi-office regional law firm, we understand that the demands of the workplace can certainly be taxing at times, both physically and mentally.

In 2009, we launched the BalancedLives workplace wellness program as a way to provide opportunities for our attorneys and employees to achieve a greater sense of balance between the demands of the workplace and home life. BalancedLives is a three-tiered approach to impacting our employees’ quality of life in the areas of health, fitness and energy.

The program offers a variety of convenient services such as an on-site car wash service, dry cleaning pick-up/delivery service, meals-on-the-go and pharmacy pick-up/delivery. In an effort to encourage healthy eating and living, we also offer a Power Snack every Thursday across all offices. Additionally, we provide in-house exercise equipment and bicycles that may be used any time of the day, as well as discounted gym memberships and in-house exercise classes such as Pilates and Zumba.

In late 2011, we also opened an on-site clinic in our Ridgeland office to provide convenient, free or low-cost medical care for our attorneys, employees and dependent spouses. Clinic services include treatment of both acute and chronic conditions such as cold and flu, high blood pressure, diabetes, annual physicals, lab work and much more.

In addition to these service offerings, attorneys and staff also receive a monthly BalancedLives Newsletter and have the opportunity to attend bi-monthly EAP Lunch & Learn sessions on topics such as time and stress management.

Since its inception, BalancedLives has evolved into an award-winning wellness program, with our Memphis office being recognized in 2012 as one of the Mid-South’s healthiest employers. We are proud of what we have been able to accomplish with BalancedLives and recognize that there are many opportunities to expand the program. We look forward to further integrating BalancedLives into our culture so that wellness isn’t just something that we talk about, but something that we live and practice each and everyday.